Posted on Aug 1, 2015
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There was a PFC wearing a BDU cap with LTC rank on his way to the motor pool. Quite a few people saluted with a confused look on their faces. The PFC was me. I had accidentally picked up my battalion commander's hat. Quite the panicked moment when I realized. Oops?
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MSgt Hal Weeden, MBA
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PO2 K Davis - You'd think he might notice when he had to reach around back to zip or button up - whichever you guys do.
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MAJ Kenneth Brooks
MAJ Kenneth Brooks
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Was at a gas station in Clarksville when I saw a doctor (Major) filling his tank. By his uniform, I figured he was in-processing the 101st: Spit shined jump boots with trousers bloused and the Screaming Eagle patch on his left shoulder. The only problem: He was wearing the bus driver hat instead of the overseas cap with glider patch. I didn't say a word ... just drove away and left him to his fate.
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This inspires me sir
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SP5 Thomas Walters
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Lmao way to go private!!!!!
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When I was a tactical NCO in the mid-80's the regulations on boots were so vague that cowboy boots were authorized footwear. So, a couple of my peers and I would wear black, highly polished, round toed unadorned black cowboy boots during the section on Army Regulations for the wear and appearance of uniforms (AR 670-1). Our students worked very hard to correct us and we challenged them to find it in the regulations. Within a year, the regulations were changed and by then I was an officer assigned to the cavalry, wearing tanker boots.

I wore tanker boots for the next 25 years and they served as a sort of litmus test for unit leadership. Despite beliefs to the contrary, the regulations authorized every soldier to wear tanker boots, assigned to the cavalry or not, just as every soldier could wear jump boots. Throughout my career, as I visited potential units for assignment, wearing my tanker boots, I found that if a unit leader challenged me on the boots, it highlighted the leader's ignorance and desire to bully instead of lead. In units where the leadership asked about the boots, I would have a conversation about being a cavalry officer and the regulations, ultimately moving on to the challenges the unit faced and how my background might fit. In every case where leaders challenged the tanker boots I found the poorest leaders. Often, these leaders focused on appearance over substance, bullying instead of influencing and were immaculately dressed but tactically and technically inept. Tanker boots were my best tool in discovering where I would serve and units I would avoid.
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A1C (Join to see) - Don't sell yourself short. Leadership is formal as well as informal. Successful units/organizations can have toxic formal leaders with competent informal leaders (who get things done). A method of getting rid of toxic formal leaders is to have a successful unit, despite the poor leadership and have the leader promoted out. Not my preferred method but tends to be the traditional process of leadership evolution. Toxic informal leaders don't last long because they tend to be gossips and are easily found out by good formal leaders. The option they get is to 'shape up or ship out.' So, do your best to not become a toxic leader or fight toxic leaders but focus on mission, men (people) and morale. Success in those areas routinely result in personal satisfaction and sometimes professional satisfaction.
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COL (Join to see) - Good points Col,, Just attended a reunion last night and was interesting to compare notes... Also one guy got their late as he is currently working as a park ranger, 31 yrs govt service at different jobs, we had a long talk about different jobs and employers (Govt) and the positives and negatives of each, Ton of leadership lessons there.
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Sgt Dan Catlin
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Boy, the Army is lax on footwear! We could only wear one style (unless you were in the Air Wing), and I thought they were junk! Tried to wear my Jungle Boots once after we returned to Iwakuni from deployment. Got dressed down pretty quick for that!
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TSgt David L.
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Not so much strange, but funny, one of my MSgts and I were walking from the parking lot towards a building when we saw SrA X with his BDU cap worn way high on his head. Like almost al the way on the back of his head. Now that wasn't too funny but when MSgt X dressed the Airman down, the Airman produced a hat waiver, meaning he didn't even have to wear headgear. MSgt X asked the Airman why the hell his cover was worn so improperly, Airman X pulled his hat off and showed us the large staples holding his scalp together. Seems he had some surgery to his brain and was recovering. I laughed as MSgt X stammered and tried to recover somewhat gracefully. Moral of the story, get the whole story BEFORE you chew someone out. LOL
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CCMSgt Michael Sullivan Ph.D - God bless you Sir. Thanks for being here and thank you for your service. My prayers are with you
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CPL Michael Voeller
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He was probably embarrassed, I had the same thing but I chose not to wear my head gear
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MSgt Diane Payton I'd had him carry around a guidon all day, so he could salute with his other hand (just kidding).
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